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Naomi Segal

  • Mothers’ March

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A single mother's 120-mile hike to protest Israeli government cuts in social welfare benefits has captivated public and media attention and spawned similar pilgrimages in the country.

    The growing tent encampment set up by Mitzpe Ramon resident Vicky Knafo and her comrades on the...

  • Bombing Shatters Lives, Peace Moves

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The fragile peace efforts launched a week ago at the Middle East summit in Aqaba, Jordan, appeared to be unraveling at a dizzying pace this week, as Israel and the Palestinians were drawn back into a familiar and bloody pattern of violence and retaliation.

    In the latest day of...

  • Palestinians Show Iraq Support With Bombing

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian support for Iraq took on a new dimension this week with a suicide bombing in Israel that Islamic Jihad said was aimed at showing solidarity with Baghdad.

    Dozens of people were wounded, six seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up March 30 next to a crowded...

  • Israelis Prepare for Possibility of Attack

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Twelve years after Purim celebrations in Israel marked the end of the first Persian Gulf War, Israelis spent the holiday this week preparing for the next war.

    With a U.S. strike on Iraq imminent, Israeli upped civil defense preparations while officials repeated the assessment that...

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  • Bombing Follows Thwarted Attacks

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A suicide bus bombing in Haifa has shattered a relative period of calm in Israel and served as a stark reminder to a country bracing for the possible implications of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

    With the United States stepping up military and diplomatic preparations for a possible...

  • Israel Mourns

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even for Israelis hardened by years of dealing with Palestinian terrorism, the death of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon came as a difficult blow.

    The weather itself seemed to reflect the national mood: A thick, mustard-colored fog blanketed Israel on Sunday afternoon, a day after Ramon...

  • Sharon Vows More Targeted Killings

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is vowing to step up targeted killings of suspected Palestinian terrorists. Israel's practice of targeted killings is not new, but Sharon's statements again threw a spotlight on the controversial policy.

    He made the comment following a terror attack Dec....

  • Mitzna Wins Labor

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna hopes to becomes Israel's next prime minister, he faces a daunting challenge: resuscitating a moribund Labor Party in a little more than two months.

    A day after the dovish newcomer to national politics won a sweeping victory in Labor's leadership primary,...

  • Israel Weighs Response to Bombing

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel generally reacts swiftly to Palestinian terror attacks, but that was not the case this week.

    By Wednesday, Israel had yet to retaliate, a day after 14 people were killed and more than 45 injured when a vehicle laden with explosives plowed into a bus near Hadera, in northern...

  • Knesset to Get First Openly Gay Legislator

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Activists in Israel's gay and lesbian community are hailing the upcoming swearing in of the Knesset's first openly gay member, calling it a breakthrough in their efforts for greater recognition.

    When the Knesset reconvenes in November following its summer recess, Uzi Even, a Tel...

  • IDF Could Target Gaza Next

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A new Israeli military operation has many wondering if the army now has the Gaza Strip in its sights.

    For months, Israeli forces have been engaged in a massive anti-terror operation in the West Bank, but have not carried out such operations in Gaza. Several reasons were given,...

  • Intifada at a Turning Point?

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Could Israel and the Palestinians be reaching a turning point in their violent conflict?

    A flurry of high-level contacts were expected this week, leading to suggestions that diplomatic efforts could finally be gaining some traction as the intifada nears its two-year point.

    These...

  • Gaza/Bethlehem First—and Last?

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reports of the death of a gradual Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire plan may be premature.

    A lot of evidence surfaced this week that the initial skepticism that greeted the "Gaza/Bethlehem First" plan was justified. But there were also facts to buttress the optimistic view that the...

  • Was the Strike Wise?

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis are wondering whether the price for killing a top Hamas official this week in the Gaza Strip will be too high.

    Like the public at large, Israeli military officials questioned the wisdom of using a one-ton bomb to kill terror mastermind Salah Shehada in a densely populated...

  • Careful With That Pizza!

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Mushrooms, peppers and extra cheese, please -- but hold the explosives. Concerns about booby-trapped pizzas have led the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to impose restrictions on the use of a Web site that allows users to spice up the Israeli army service by sending pies to soldiers....

  • Israel to Build West Bank Fence

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day after a suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel has announced that it will build a security fence separating Israel from the West Bank within the next six months.

    Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer made the announcement Monday during a meeting of Israelis living along the...

  • Powell Visit Unsuccessful

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    By most any benchmark, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's Middle East peacemaking mission was far from successful.

    And if one uses what most observers consider the most important benchmark -- achieving an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire -- then the mission was a distinct failure....

  • Israel Stands Firm on IDF Campaign

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the Byzantine politics of the Middle East, even a suicide bombing is subject to differing interpretations.

    After a suicide bomber detonated his explosives aboard a bus near Haifa on Wednesday, killing eight Israelis and wounding 14, Palestinian officials said the attack proved...

  • A New Threat

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Because Palestinian violence has been so devastating, Israel's retaliatory actions seem to be justified. Whether they are effective or not is almost secondary to the need to respond. Suicide bombings cannot be left unattended. Yet in all of Israel's actions, while practical concerns...

  • P.A. Under Siege?

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Six Israeli defense officials are debating whether the government should take steps to prevent the collapse of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's regime. The Israeli daily Ma'ariv reported that officials are warning that the collapse of the Palestinian Authority could...

  • Up in Smoke

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A U.S.-brokered cease-fire has gone up in a puff of smoke.

    Far from giving any substance to the truce that was declared in mid-June, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have become mired in a pattern of attack and counterattack -- or, more bluntly, revenge and more revenge.

    On...

  • Wedding Hall Disaster

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel has set up a state commission of inquiry into building safety after 23 people were killed and hundreds injured when a wedding hall collapsed last week.

    The May 24 collapse at the Versailles wedding hall in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood has spurred a public outcry over what...

  • Palestinian Snipers Slay Israeli Child

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A 10-month-old Jewish girl has become the latest victim of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Israel sealed off the West Bank city of Hebron after Palestinian gunmen killed Shalhevet Pass.

    Shalhevet was with her father, Yitzhak, when Palestinian snipers opened fire on Hebron's...

  • Looking Right and Left

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon was expected to present his new government for Knesset approval on Wednesday, after the fervently Orthodox Shas Party signed a coalition agreement that gives Sharon a parliamentary majority.

    Sharon has signed up several major and minor parties in the...

  • Different Tactics

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made anything clear during his visit this week to Israel and the Palestinian-controlled city of Ramallah, it was that things have changed since President Clinton left office.

    First, there was the duration of his visit -- one day -- with...

  • Salvaging Peace

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    President Clinton's 11th-hour efforts to salvage the peace process may be too little, too late for many Israelis.



    Following reports that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat had conditionally accepted Clinton's proposals as a basis for discussion, Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Rethinking Restraint

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A terror bombing against an Israeli school bus in the Gaza Strip thisweek is forcing Prime Minister Ehud Barak to reevaluate his response toPalestinian violence.

    Since violence erupted across the region in late September, Barak hasadhered to what he has described as a policy of...

  • World Briefs

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    All Eyes on Iran.

    Iran judge holds fate of 13 Jews and future of relations with West.

    Jewish activists around the world are making last-ditch pleas for justice as an Iranian judge decides the fate of 13 Jews accused of spying for Israel.

    Attorneys for the accused submitted their written...

  • To Open a Window

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Caution was the prevailing sentiment as U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attempted this week to nudge Israel and the Palestinians closer to a final peace agreement. Speaking after a brief meeting Monday with Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem, both Albright and the...

  • Leaving Lebanon

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli soldiers crossing the border from southern Lebanon this week took time out at at least one military outpost to hastily take down the Israeli flag and sing Hatikvah, Israel's national anthem.The gesture was made, as one Israeli soldier put it, so "we would have the good...

  • Barak Under Fire

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak travels to the United States for meetings May 21-23, he'll leave behind faltering peace talks, a government in jeopardy and violent flare-ups with the Palestinians.

    Barak plans to meet with American Jewish leaders, many of whom are as confused...

  • Careless Construction

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli court has convicted five people in the collapse of a bridge at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 that left four Australian athletes dead and scores of others injured.

    Following a trial that lasted more than two years, at which more than 80 witnesses testified about the disaster...

  • Conversion Controversy

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reform and Conservative leaders in Israel had hoped Israel's Supreme Court would resolve a years-long struggle for recognition in Israel.

    Instead, the court on Tuesday heard only two hours of arguments in the bitterly disputed question of whether the state should recognize...

  • A Call to Action

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The approaching Passover holiday provided an appropriate backdrop for the Israeli interior minister's mission to Ethiopia, where he reviewed the situation of thousands who seek an exodus to Israel.

    Natan Sharansky, Israel's interior minister, said he empathizes with the suffering of...

  • ERA—Israeli Style

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Knesset has passed a landmark law granting equal rights to women in every sphere of Israeli life -- after the bill's sponsor gave up her committee seat to a male colleague.

    Along with granting women equality in the workplace, the military and in other spheres of society, the new...

  • Border Bravado

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is downplaying threats that it will suffer cross-border attacks once it withdraws its troops from southern Lebanon.

    Ever since the Cabinet approved the withdrawal a month ago, there has been speculation that Hezbollah gunmen would attack communities in northern Israel.

    This...

  • History in the Making

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By the time the transplant team approached Doris Ullendorf and Ken Gorfinkle, they had already talked about donating the organs of their first-born son.

    They knew that Ari, who until 48 hours before had been a perfectly healthy 16-month-old, was brain dead, killed by some mysterious...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • Israel to Release Eichmann’s Memoirs

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel has decided to release the memoirs Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann wrote prior to his execution in Israel in 1962.

    The decision followed consultations in the Justice Ministry on whether to make the document available for American scholar Deborah Lipstadt in the ongoing London...

  • The Temperature’s Rising

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The latest eruption of violence along Israel's northern border has spawned varying assessments of what exactly sparked the escalation -- and whether it will affect fledgling peace overtures between Israel and Syria.

    In a spiraling cycle of violence, nine Lebanese were killed when...